Channeling my inner Steve:
There’s a tropical storm brewing off the Atlantic coast of Florida right now and his name is Danny. Why does this matter? Well, according to weather.com, Tropical Storm Danny is predicted to start dumping rain in the New York metropolitan area by mid-afternoon and wash out the weekend.
The White Sox are coming into Yankee Stadium for their only visit to the Bronx to play a three-game set this weekend. Assuming tonight’s game is playable but that the worst of the storm hits New York on Saturday and rains out that game, a day-night doubleheader would have to be scheduled for Sunday. The Yanks play in Baltimore on Monday while the White Sox play in Minnesota so it would be feasible to pull off the double-dip.
However, if Sunday’s game is also rained out, we get into a bit of a dicey situation. The teams could opt to schedule the make-up games as a double-header on a mutual off day. The teams could also opt to make up one of the games on an off day and leave the second makeup game to the last day of the season, to be played if necessary.
The Yanks and White Sox have common off days on 9/10 and 9/24 but, because the White Sox begin a six-game road trip on the West Coast starting on 9/11, it’s unlikely that they’d agree to fly from Chicago after their game on 9/9 to play at least one game on 9/10 and then fly all the way to Anaheim thereafter.
That means that 9/24 is the most likely makeup date. It just so happens that this is the Yanks’ last off day of the regular season and comes after a grueling six consecutive games against the Angels and Mariners…and right before the final homestand of the year against Boston.
How much would it suck if the Yanks have to fly back from Seattle knowing that their off day is being used up to play the White Sox in a makeup game? How much worse would it suck if that scenario played out right before the Yanks square off with the Red Sox in what might or might not be a division-clinching scenario?
So, as it stands right now, we better all hope that a Sunday doubleheader is what we get this weekend. I really don’t want to go into the final week of September with the division on the line and Boston on the horizon, having to play some stupid-ass games against Ozzie’s obnoxious club.
-Posted by MJ